I am on meds and despite the side effects, mainly restless leg and sedation, I think meds saved my life and I like the medicated lifestyle. I function very highly and come off as normal and have some pretty awesome things going on in my life with school and friends and family and powerlifting/bodybuilding. I plan on getting a Psy D one day, I am halfway through undergrad with a few B’s and the rest A’s in my college career so far, in the honors program on a full scholarship I earned from my performace in high school and my ACT and SAT scores. I was mentally healthy when I took the ACT and SAT. I took the ACT three times.
I used to be pretty messed up. I functioned, but those B’s on my record I mentioned are from before I got on meds and I had drinking buddies and one friend when I was not on meds. The friend stuck, the drinking buddies vanished. I drank like a fish, engaged in self harm, had a suicide attempt under my belt, spent a night at a crisis assessment center after being surrounded by seven cops, it was not a good time, despite the fact that I was doing well in school and was in shape.
Who here has had a big 180 degree turn around in life after taking medications and still takes them? And if there was a miracle drug for schizophrenia, would you take it? I would. I sleep too much and drink too much coffee and blame schizophrenia for smoking cigarettes (I’ve read studies reporting 90% of schizophrenics being regular smokers, smoking goes hand in hand with schizophrenia, I started when I began having symptoms and haven’t stopped)